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Archive for June, 2006

The Blogging Arc

Monday, June 12th, 2006

On his ever-interesting and informative blog, John Robb sets out his personal blogging arc, reflecting five years of blogging, in a post called “The Two-Way Attention Economy?” It’s fascinating reading as an alternative to all of the “blogs as necessary marketing” pieces that you see so often these days. Yes, blogs can be a marketing vehicle, but many long-time bloggers will probably recognize the arc that Robb describes (except for being one of the top 100) and point to similar conclusions.
The money quote:

My personal arc (over 5 years of blogging) is as follows:
1) reluctantly started blogging.
2) found I enjoyed it.
3) was ranked for a bit of time in the top 100 blogs. This was nice. It was also nice to have a high Google rank. That partly faded because a) I didn’t care about it and b) the level of competition rose quickly.
4) found something more useful. An open online identity (my name is on the blog) yielded work, contacts, and recognition that anonymity doesn’t provide. That benefit doesn’t require a high ranking to accomplish.
5) found that the blog is as much for me as anyone else.
6) enjoy the response that other people have to my thinking. As long as there a few fellow travelers out there with me, that is reason enough to write.

Robb is one of my favorite bloggers and this post, especially point #6, strikes me as spot-on correct.
I wonder how many other long-time bloggers trace the same type of arc.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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“Electronic Discovery 2.0″ – My EDD Predictions Slides from LegalTech West Coast 2006

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I gave a presentation yesterday on trends and predictions in electronic discovery at the LegalTech West Coast conference. I was very pleased by the response the presentation received and the number of people who asked if I would make copies of the slides available.
I’ve made a three-to-a-page handout view of the slides available as a PDF here (PDF 400+K).
Yesterday morning, I woke up and had a flood of new ideas on EDD and where it’s going and came perilously close to revamping the entire presentation. You’ll see on the slides where I added some handwritten ideas. In fact, I had a near “Jerry Maguire moment” before I came to my senses and decided that it was far better to stick with the original presentation, although I did float a number of my new ideas during the presentation yesterday.
The new ideas can be summed up in a shorthand version by the phrases “electronic discovery 2.0″ or “EDD 2.0,” which, if I am to believe Google, are terms which I am apparently the first to use in this way. (By the way, I’m not planning to trademark them a la the recent “Web 2.0″ brouhaha, but it would be nice to give me a little attribution credit if you use the terms – and now maybe I can be like Denise Howell of “blawg” coinage fame and be known for introducing a new term.) My ideas here evolve from the Law 2.0 concept I ‘ve written about on this blog and on the Between Lawyers blog.
I’ll be writing and, I hope, speaking more about these ideas in the near future. Thanks again to my friends at Caselogistix for bringing me to LegalTech and giving me the chance to give this presentation.
I had a great time at LegalTech West Coast, but have little time to write about it because I’m off to speak tomorrow at the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference.
However, I must point you to my friend Marty Schwimmer’s fabulous issue of Blawg Review where he raises some very pointed and fundamental questions and ponders how lawyers should help people understand fundamental legal issues in the public debate. I highly, highly recommend that you read it and think carefullly about what Marty has to say and the questions he’s asking. As someone Marty asked some of the questions he raises and who answered “I don’t know,” even though I tried to find some of the answers, I take Marty’s commentary very seriously. It’s not easy to find answers to these questions. I’m disappointed to hear that some people saw Marty’s questioning as a political screed – it’s clearly not and the post strikes me as quite non-partisan – these are basic questions no matter what party is in power – rather than a “proper” way to do a Blawg Review. I read every word of it and was grateful for the links he provided. It’s really good work. Marty raises fundamental questions about what it means to be a “nation of laws” – I’m not sure that there are many more important questions we should be trying to answer. Think about it.
Download EDD presentation slides here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Learn more about electronic discovery at Dennis Kennedy’s Electronic Discovery Resources page.
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Climbing Aboard the SharePoint Train

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

In my recent presentations on legal technology trends, I’ve singled out the high level of interest among law firm IT directors in Microsoft SharePoint Services, especially for collaborative efforts. In my recent post about one of Bill Gates’s executive email newsletters, I expressed my interest in what I had heard about SharePoint Services 2007 and Knowledge Network for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 mentioned by Gates and some others.
Yesterday, I got a guided tour of SharePoint Services at Microsoft’s offices here from Microsoft and St. Louis blogger Randy Holloway. I really appreciate him making the time to talk wtih me. (Randy and I have talked before – on this podcast we did together.)
It’s not that I needed a lot of convincing, but I came away more convinced than ever that SharePoint Services have an immense amount of potential in the legal profession.
On the car ride back, I decided that my big project for the summer is to become as knowledgeable as I possibly can about SharePoint Services and to learn more about what is being done in law firms and legal departments and what else SharePoint Services might be used for.
I’ve created a new category on my blog for SharePoint Services and will be working on building a list of useful resources.
For a great overview demo, you can’t do better than starting here and then exploring the home page for SharePoint Services. For more about the Knowledge Network, see the Microsoft Knowledge Network Team Blog.
I’d be grateful for any useful links or recommendations of resources that you might have for me. There’s a TON of potential here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Learn more about electronic discovery at Dennis Kennedy’s Electronic Discovery Resources page.
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Live Springsteen Videos on AOL

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Just when I think that the Internet cannot possibly get any cooler, it always ups the ante and amazes me.
From Columbia Records today:

AOL Music to Offer Song from Every US Concert by Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band
In an unprecedented move for Bruce Springsteen and AOL Music, the online music destination will offer an exclusive video performance from every single stop on Springsteen’s just-launched North American tour with the Seeger Sessions Band. The morning after each concert, one hand-picked song from the show will be presented on AOL Music along with photos, set lists, recaps and more, enhanced by the “voice of the fans,”
Bruce’s five-week North American tour kicked off Sunday night in Boston, and today on AOL Music, fans can watch John Henry, Erie Canal, O Mary Don’t You Weep, and Old Dan Tucker from shows in Boston, MA, Washington D.C., Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN respectively. By the morning after the tour’s closing-night homecoming concert in Holmdel, NJ on June 25, some 18 different performances will be compiled and available on demand at AOL Music.

Great stuff. Here’s the link I used to watch the videos.
If this is live concerts 2.0, I’m definitely on board.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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2006 TechnoLawyer @ Awards Announced

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Congratulations to all of the just-announced winners and finalists in the 2006 TechnoLawyer @ awards.
DennisKennedy.Blog was a finalist in the Blawgger of the Year category, an award based on the number of downloads of the BlawgWorld ebook tracked to links from various blogs.
The @ awards are a great tradition in legal technology and I thank Neil for presenting these awards every year.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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